Cycling News Today 14 March 2006
Davitamon for MSR, Rider News, Matti Breschel, Cunego to appear at Bologna Fair,
Thurig signs to '08 with Univega, Cycling Biz Oneone Wood Travel, WADA Office in
Middle East and more...
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Preselection Milano – San Remo
The 8 Davitamon-Lotto racers for Milan-San Remo of coming 18/03 will be chosen
from the following 10 rider:
• Aerts Mario
• Brandt Christophe
• Jufré Pou Josep (Spa)
• Leukemans Björn
• McEwen Robbie (Aus)
• Steegmans Gert
• Van Bon Leon (Ned)
• Vansevenant Wim
• Vansummeren Johan
• Vogels Henk (Aus)
Lampre Fondital to visit Bologna Fair
Saronni and Cunego to appear
In the evening of the 16th of March, a delegation from Lampre-Fondital cycling
team will be pleased to visit, in Bologna fair, the exposition of the historical
sponsor Lampre: the occasion in the fair Saiedue.
This is an appointment repeated every year: with it, the team thanks the
sponsor Lampre for the passion and for the fundamental sustain given for the
Considering this, Lampre-Fondital chose to be at Lampre's stand (Padiglione
30, Stand D 47-C 44) with the most important cyclist: Damiano Cunego. The
champion, with the company of the team manager Giuseppe Saronni and of the sport
director, from 3 pm till 5 pm will meet Lampre's owner, the guests, and will be
available for greeting the fans and for signing autographs.
Karin Thürig extends the contract with the
Univega Pro Cycling Team till 2008
The two times Time Trial World Champion Karin Thürig has decided to stay with
the Univega Pro Cycling Team until 2008.
Karin Thürig, "I feel great in the team, and have been given the freedom to
prepare myself for triathlon competitions and it is a very professional
environment! In the end I welcome the decision for the early lengthening of my
The Bean Team's Ride
The Bean Team's Ride Louis Graneau Carbon courtesy Micah Rice
Jittery Joe's Pro cycling team will be riding in style this year on
the Louis Garneau 6.4 frame/fork in the new custom Bean Team orange Jittery
Zero Gravity brakes
Cane Creek wheels
Cane Creek Headset
Profile Design bar, stem, seat post, carbon bottle cages, bar tape, and optional
aero equipment (not shown)
San Marco Saddles
The Hub water bottles filled with PowerBar Endurance
Pedro's lube and tool bag
Serviced by The Hub Bicycles
Zero Gravity’s new crank and bottom bracket will be added to the Louis Garneau
team ride in the near future as soon as available.
Renäng Petter (Unibet.com) debuts in France.
Oldest of the talented Renäng-bothers will make his 2006 season debut,
after a knee operation in Criterium International. The Scandinavian will seek
his rhythm and to test his form in this stage-race, without any expectation for
a big result. If rehab continues as positively as in the last weeks, Petter is
expected to be running at full speed by June where he hopes to show a result in
some of the 3 to 5 day stage races..
Petter is at the moment training hard in Malaga from where he will transfer to
central-France for Criterium International.
Jonas Ljungblad (Unibet.com) First big typical Flemish race for
Swedish Champ Jonas Ljungblad, will race this Wednesday Nokere Koerse. For
Ljungblad this is the first 1.1 Flemish race of the season.
ACSO-agency is very enthusiastic about Jonas' selection, as ACSO-sportmanagement
is located in Kruishoutem of a neighbor of Nokere.
Tom Stubbe (Chocolade Jaques) back in business at Castilla Y Leon.
Stubbe will return to racing the pro-peloton after a bad fall in Qatar, where
the promising youngster broke his collarbone.
Home race in Nokere for Flemish ACSO-Sportsmanagement & Riders:
Acso-sportmanagement was founded in 2004 in Kruishoutem. On Wednesday, the
1.1-race Nokere Koerse in Flanders is held in Kruishoutem. The management is
proud to present this year 2 of Sweden's most promising talents to Belgian
cycling world: Swedish Road-Champ Jonas Ljungblad and the Swedish TT Champ
French talent Boucher; and Belgian athletes Caethoven and Meul, also represented
by the Flemish agency ACSO, are on the start-list for Nokere-Koerse.
ACSO-manager Onderbeke hopes that his youngsters will use this occasion to show
their talents in the best light to the Flemish Fans.
CSC's Matti Breschel
Mid last week Team CSC's Matti Breschel was transferred from the hospital in
Torhout to Oudenaarde where he started mild rehabilitation exercise.
The injuries the young Dane suffered turned out to be more serious than
initially assumed after his crash in the last stage of the Three Days of
West-Flanders and Breschel has been confined to his hospital bed most of the
time. Matti is allowed to head back home tomorrow Wednesday but he will be
wearing a special harness to protect his torso.
"At times I feel really good - guess that is when I've been given a fresh
batch of painkillers (laughs). I get up and move around more easily then. My mum
even took me out for a breath of fresh air yesterday. I've got to say it's a
special experience to be in a wheelchair. Seeing the cobbled streets normally
gives me a real buzz and then I can't wait to get on the bike and ride them; but
now I had complete different feelings!
"It's been great to get that many heart-warming messages from the Belgian
people and fans from all over via e-mail. Johan Museeuw has checked on me
regularly and it's really nice of him to be so concerned about my progress."
Being in a Belgian hospital for 10days had an upside too Breschel remarks:
"I received plenty of chocolate and that's a real treat of course; but I've got
to be careful not to put on any weight, so mum and my younger brother Casper are
going to enjoy them most for a while to come!"
"I've remained positive all along and feel things are heading in the right
direction (which is not that obvious with the major renovation works going on
right above his room). The headaches are definitely getting less; but my back is
killing me at times. The lack of movement is the main cause I think of that and
I'm sure Ole Foli (team CSC Body SDS Therapist) will have his work cut out. But
I am looking forward to going back to Denmark and get back on the bike training
as soon as possible. I'm motivated and eager to return to competition." he
Team G-Cross Honda:
23 Degrees Riders Gear up for 2006 Season
Following the recent signing of a new contract between the Honda Racing
Corporation (owners of Team G Cross Honda) and 23 Degrees Sports Management, all
looks set for another stellar year of racing for the successful mountain bike
Both Greg Minnaar (Republic South Africa) reigning World Cup Champion,
and Matti Lehikoinen (Finland), World #11, return to the team which will
once again focus on the World Cup, as well as selected NORBA events in the USA.
Junior Champions signed:
Additionally, 23 Degrees will be sponsoring two junior development riders on the
World Cup circuit, Junya Nagata (Japan) and Ruben Garcia (Spain), both of
whom are reigning national junior champions, and who will be racing on Honda
RN01 bikes supplied by Honda on Team 23 Degrees.
The first Downhill race of the season for all four riders will be World Cup
#1 in Vigo, Spain, where expectations are high on surpassing the results from
last year where Greg finished 2nd and Matti 7th.
This year Greg Minnaar will race in different coloured Alpinestars clothing
to his team-mate, in recognition of his win of the Overall World Cup in '05.
Greg has been busy testing with Honda in the off-season, as well as training in
the summer of his home country South Africa.
Greg Minnaar, "I'm really looking forward to racing the new '06 Honda RN01
because our testing has been excellent. I've had a great off-season and I'm
looking forward to defending my title in the World Cup. Also, due to event date
clashes I'm unable to do all NORBA races, but with two throw out races being
permitted, I'll contest 5 of the 7, and hopefully that's enough to give me a
shot at the US title."
Matti Lehikoinen, "Finishing last season with a 6th in Fort William with my
injured shoulder was a strange feeling. Even though it was my best result ever,
I was disappointed to have had such an injury holding me back. After my
surgeries in the off-season my shoulder and arm are 100% and I'm enjoying being
back in downhill training again."
Junya Nagata, "I'm really excited to be riding a Honda again in 2006, but
even more so about being able to race the RN01 on the World Cup circuit. It is
my goal to continue improving as an international rider and also to increase the
profile of Japanese mountain biking on the international stage. I look forward
to my first race in 23 Degrees colours at Vigo in May."
Ruben Garcia, "It's such an honour for me to have this opportunity. After
winning the National Title last year in my first year of top level racing, I was
excited to represent Spain at the World Championships. Now I have the chance
with my team mate to go to all the World Cups, and chase the new UCI Leader's
Yellow jersey for the leading Junior in the World Cup, on one of the best bikes
in the world."
Team Director Martin Whiteley, "We're excited to have retained both Greg and
Matti for the coming season and we're confident in Greg's abilities to once
again have a strong season, and for Matti to build on his success of last year,
now that his injury is behind him. We are also excited about having two
development riders in the 23 Degrees colours. The choice of Junya and Ruben was
logical for us as we were looking for current Junior National Champions who are
junior again in 2006. Junya has already raced on a Honda and is no stranger to
the RN01, and Ruben was sponsored by 23 Degrees in 2005 when he won his title".
Team sponsors and suppliers in 2006 include:
SDG Seats/I-Beam Posts
Sapim Race Spokes
Chris King (Headsets 4X)
Kimmy Diquez Leads USA World Ranking in BMX
Venezuelan Kimmy Diques leads the current rankings updated by the UCI
Caracas (zciclismo) La Unión Ciclista Internacional (UCI) publico el
ranking de los corredores de BMX (bicicross) donde la venezolana Kimmy
Diquez se encuentra en el primer lugar de las mujeres elite luego de su
actuación en las pistas de Mendoza en Argentina y Viña del Mar en Chile
acumula 61 puntos mientras que para el segundo y tercer lugar se ubican
dos argentinas, la campeona mundial Gabriela Díaz con 48 puntos y con 43
unidades Maria Dutto.
World BMX Rankings as of 14 March
Lugar Corredoras Nación Puntos
1 DIQUEZ Kimmy VEN 61
2 DIAZ Gabriela Maria ARG 48
3 DUTTO Maria Belen ARG 43
4 ORTIZ Karla CHI 40
5 JUNGA Renee AUS 39
6 BONEL Malena ARG 35
7 CALLISTO Nicole AUS 34
8 KINTNER Jill USA 34
9 SGOBIN Ana Flavia Ribeiro BRA 31
10 CRANFIELD Krystal AUS 30
Hasta la proxima: Jose Manuel Zabala Cardenas
Cycling Biz News:
Oenone Wood to Guest in Fall Cycling Tour
Oenone Wood, the number one ranked rider in women’s professional cycling, will
be the guest of honor during a 10 day fall cycling tour to Tuscany, Italy with
the New York based cycling tour operator Vélo Classic Tours. Ms. Wood is the two
time defending World Cup champion and is based in Germany during her European
racing schedule. She accepted the invitation from Peter Easton, Director of Vélo
Easton’s company specializes in high-end bicycling vacations to some of the
most desirable destinations in cycling. He believes women cyclists at all levels
do not get enough attention, and he is aiming to change that. “Our goal is to
offer the same opportunities in both cycling and traveling to women as we do to
men. Women make 75% of all travel decisions for couples. Many of our clients
travel as couples, and we are hopeful that this trip will be a starting point
for getting more women to decide to travel with us.”
Ms. Wood, 25, hails from the Australian Capital of Canberra and turned pro in
2005 with the German squad Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung, the number one team
in the women’s ranks. Before that she raced with the Cycling Australia /AIS
Women’s Team and the Australian National Team. An Olympian in 2004, Wood placed
third in the World Championships in Madrid this past September. In addition to
her World Cup titles in 2004 and 2005, she was the Australian Road Champion in
2004 and Australian Time Trial Champion in 2004 and again in 2005, before
claiming bronze in this year’s national road race. She won the Women’s Geelong
Tour in Australia in 2004 and 2005, and won Le Tour du Grand Montreal last
season, as well as 3 stages in the Tour de l’Aude in France. A consistently
strong racer, she heads into 2006 having held the world number one ranking since
Regional Anti Doping Organization for Middle East
The two-day regional anti-doping meeting organised by the Oman Olympic
Committee under the auspices of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) concluded
with a call for a drug-free sports world.
The participants were unified in their opinion to work towards a drug-free
At a press conference early in the morning at Grand Hyatt Muscat, Rob Koehler of
Wada detailed that the meeting’s outcome was a regional centre in the Gulf and
Kuwait was chosen for the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (Rado) to be set up.
Rado will be run by the governments and National Olympic Committees of the
According to Koehler, the Rado will comprise all the six AGCC countries — Oman,
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait — and Yemen. The
meeting elected Saudi Arabia’s Dr Saleh Al Konbaz, the
secretary-general of the Saudi Arabia Sports Medicine Association to the
Oman’s Dr Sultan Al Busaidi director of medical services of Royal Oman
Police (ROP), was named the vice-chairman; and Kuwait’s Mahmoud Khalifa Ali,
Ahmed Al Khazal (Kuwait), Dr Nasser Ali Asad Al Ansari (Qatar), Dr Ahmad Al
Hasehemi (UAE), Dr Yahya Al Shaikh (Yemen) and one unnamed representative from
Bahrain will be members.
Sultan Al Busaidi said, the idea of the regional centre had sprung up during
last year’s meeting in Qatar, and it is good that the Rado has taken shape.
“Rado will certainly provide the mechanism to establish an anti-doping program
in the region,” said Koehler, while adding, a regional body will ensure the
implementation of Wada code.
The Wada official praised the Kuwait government, who readily offered to set
up the Rado office and bear all the expenses in establishment of the office, and
staff salary. Each of the member countries will provide funds for the Rado,
which will be supported by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
Koehler urged the respective government and the respective national Olympic
committees to support the anti-doping programs and educate athletes in the use
of only permitted nutritional supplements and encourage out of competition
The two-day meeting was attended by Layla Al Madani and Dr Hussain Al Haddad
(Bahrain), Dr Saleh Al Konbaz (Saudi Arabia), Dr Ahmad Al Hasehemi and Dr Saeed
Abdullah (UAE), Dr Mohammed Ghanem and Dr Nasser Ali Al Ansari (Qatar), Ahmed Al
Khazal and Mahmoud Khalifa Ali (Kuwait), Dr Yahya Al Shaikh (Yemen), Dr Sultan
Al Busaidi (Oman), Kazo Yahashy, Natalie Grenier and Rob Koehler (Wada).